August 24, 2006

Ancient art going home

Posted at 9:41 pm in Elgin Marbles

More coverage on the of the Heidelberg fragment of the Parthenon Marbles to Athens. This is an Associated Press syndicated article which appeared in many newspapers around the world.

International Herald Tribune

Briefly: British parties failed to declare all donations
Reuters, The Associated Press
Published: August 23, 2006


Ancient art going home

A German university will be the first foreign institution to return part of the 2,500-year-old Parthenon sculptures to Greece, the government said on Wednesday.

The small piece will be handed over by University of Heidelberg officials in early September, Culture Minister Giorgos Voulgarakis said. Measuring 8-by-12 centimeters, or 3- by-5 inches, the relief sculpture of a man’s foot is far less significant than the British Museum’s collection of Parthenon masterpieces – known as the Elgin Marbles – that Greece has fought for decades to reclaim.

But its return is a highly symbolic act that officials in Athens hope will lead to further repatriations of the thousands of Greek antiquities in foreign museums and collections. (AP)


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